BLTC 2019

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  • Rising to the Challenge, 13 June 2019, JHBB


    The current context of Higher Education continues to throw new challenges our way. Changing student expectations and motivations, an increasingly market-orientated and competitive environment and a climate of instrumentality creates an unprecedented time of challenge, change… and opportunity.  Rising to the challenge compels us to take stock and reconsider what we do and how we do it on the route to teaching excellence. The 2019 Brookes Learning and Teaching conference will provide a space for academics, professional services and students to share innovative ideas and practices.

    Streams

    Proposals have been linked with one or more of the following five broad streams

  • This stream covers all aspects of learning gain and curriculum innovation.  Proposals that address inclusivity issues, approaches to reducing attainment gaps between groups of learners and/or enhancing their employment prospects will be particularly welcomed.
    Issues and approaches to enhancing staff or student satisfaction and engagement are relevant to this stream.  As with other streams, submissions that are either practical or conceptual in nature are invited. We particularly welcome abstracts that showcase innovative and novel ways to engage students in, and satisfy students with, their university experience and learning.  
    Assessment and feedback is a challenging sphere of teaching practice that requires further innovation to enhance effectiveness within resource constraints. Proposals on all aspects of summative and formative assessment and self, peer or teacher generated feedback are welcomed.  Innovative practices that can be scaled-up and replicated in other contexts are particularly welcomed.
    This stream includes any innovations in contexts beyond that of the classroom.  For example, extra-curricular activities undertaken by current students, and/or initiatives with alumni or other external stakeholders.  Innovative activities undertaken outside of the classroom such as field trips, work experiences, etc. are also welcomed.
    The wellbeing and resilience of staff and students are fundamental to a fulfilling Brookes’ experience.  We welcome proposals across a broad range of perspectives and practices including: academic and social support; connectedness and belonging; self-efficacy and confidence; negotiating change and transitions; dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity across academic thresholds.
  • Thanks to Bob Pomfret, Design and Media Services Team Leader, Oxford Brookes University for the 2019 conference artwork.